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Marshalls holds charity auction for Unicef

Landscaping manufacturer Marshalls is holding an ebay auction of a one of a kind statue named The Flower Girl to raise funds for UNICEF.

Marshalls holds charity auction for Unicef

The Flower Girl by UK artist Michael Disley, is a stunning Indian buff sandstone sculpture 800 wide by 1m tall, on a 450 square plinth in Marshalls 903 black polished granite.

Marshalls is raising money for Unicef to help change the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

The sculpture celebrates the work being undertaken by Marshalls and UNICEF to tackle child labour in India’s quarrying sector and to support children in Vietnam and China. Child labour continues to be an important issue around the world. India is one of the world’s largest raw stone producers, accounting for more than 11% of the world’s total exports and more than 27 per cent of stone mined worldwide.

UNICEF estimates that approximately one in five of India’s mineworkers are children – that is an estimated 13 million children age 5–14 years. Michael Disley is a celebrated artist from West Yorkshire who has been creating beautiful sculptures from stone in his distinctive style for over 30 years.

Similar pieces to The Flower Girl have sold for upwards of £15,000.

This statue was recently part of a gold medal winning Show Garden at the prestigious Holker Garden Festival in Cumbria. Marshalls is the UK’s leading supplier of hard landscaping materials, including ethically sourced Fairstone products from across the globe.

This auction also includes: A framed picture of the original drawings by Disley of the sculpture, and a signed book of Disley’s work.

Bids can be placed at http://ebay.eu/SslE09y

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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